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We live in wisconsin. my husband left our home and all

We live in wisconsin...

We live in wisconsin. my husband left our home and all furnishings to his adult children He bought the home prior to our marriage. Do I have a legal right to any part of home or furnishings.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in WI family court?

No not yet

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer about this yet?

He has stage 3 lung cancer but I need to know my rights when he passes.

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His children are an issues son is alcoholic daughter has never worked husband supports her and she has alcohol and drug issues so I need to prepare myself on my legal rights.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
My husband has a living will in Wisconsin if that will make a difference for my legal rights.
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In Wisconsin when parties marry their separate property remains separate unless the other spouse is added to the title.

That being, said depending on how long you lived and contributions you have made the real property you can assert a legal interest.

Where in WI is the real property located?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Oxford Wisconsin. Married 5years

It is helpful that you are in WI as they try to view the home as community based on many factors that I will provide.

First this is the definition of separate property

"Separate property

Separate property” is not subject to division... Separate property includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Now let me provide the exceptions. One moment please.

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"Wisconsin Courts Divide Property Using Community Property Principles

Generally, Wisconsin courts favor an equal division of marital property. However, a court may deviate from an equal distribution of assets after considering several factors, including:

  • the length of the marriage
  • the property each spouse brought into the marriage
  • whether either spouse has substantial assets not subject to division by the court (e.g., substantial separate property, such as a large inheritance)
  • the spouses’ ages and physical and emotional health
  • each spouse’s contributions to the marriage, giving appropriate economic value to any homemaking and child care services either spouse provided during the marriage, and
  • each spouse’s earning capacity (the ability to earn income based on education, job history and skills, and local employment opportunities)." https://www.divorcenet.com/states/wisconsin/wi_faq03
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Do to my husbands health issues I have not been able to work because I need to be home to take care of him. He now has many doctor visits so I have to be able to take him back and forth to doctor. Also I have to do all housework, shopping cooking ect .

You have rights under the law as this is your residence.

"Wis. Stat. 861.01  Ownership of marital property at death.

(1)  Surviving spouse's one-half interest in marital property. Upon the death of either spouse, the surviving spouse retains his or her undivided one-half interest in each item of marital property. The surviving spouse's undivided one-half interest in each item of marital property is not subject to administration. Ownership and management and control rights are set forth under ss. 857.01 and 857.015.

(2) Interest of a 3rd party in marital property. A 3rd party who is a successor in interest to all or part of the decedent's 50 percent interest in marital property is a tenant in common with the surviving spouse." https://www.theburtonlawoffice.com/single-post/2017/10/21/What-Does-Wisconsin-State-Law-Say-About-My-Surviving-Spouse%E2%80%99s-One-Half-Interest-In-Marital-Property-Or-What-Does-my-Spouse-Get-When-I-Die

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I guess it sounds like I can stay in the home and some furnishings will be able to stay with m

You have many rights.

Let me provide a link for local Attorney to tell you exactly what you will be entitled to and make sure that you receive what you have a legal right. One moment Please.

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This is a link for Attorneys in your area that provide FREE consultations http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/firm/probate-estate-administration/oxford/wisconsin

They will be able to put you at ease as well be available if you need assistance.

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You are most welcome. It was my pleasure to work with you.

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